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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

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As we step into the month of November, it is essential that we take a moment to recognize and acknowledge Native American Heritage Month. This is a time for reflection, appreciation and understanding of the rich and diverse cultures, histories and contributions of Native Americans to our society.

We want to begin by reaffirming our commitment to acknowledging the traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of Indigenous people upon which our campus stands. Cal State Fullerton rests on the lands that were originally cared for and called home by the Tongva and Acjachemen Peoples. We acknowledge that this land holds great historical, spiritual and personal significance for its original inhabitants, and we honor their enduring connection to this land.

Our commitment to acknowledging this land is not just symbolic; it is rooted in social justice principles. Cal State Fullerton recognizes and continually supports and advocates for the sovereignty of the Native nations in this territory and beyond. By offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm tribal sovereignty and our commitment to the tribes that historically called this land home.

Throughout the month of November, we encourage our campus community to engage in activities and initiatives that promote a greater understanding of Native American history and culture. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Educational events: Attend seminars, workshops and presentations that focus on Native American history, culture, and contemporary issues. Check out campus programs at our Native American Heritage Month website. If you have additional programs to include, please submit a Native American Heritage Month Program form.
  • Cultural celebrations: Participate in cultural events, powwows and other gatherings organized by Native American communities and organizations in our local area.
  • Support Indigenous artists: Explore and support the work of Indigenous artists, whether it’s through art exhibitions, music or literature. By doing so, you contribute to the preservation and celebration of their cultural heritage.
  • Community involvement: Consider volunteering with local Indigenous organizations and initiatives to show your support and solidarity.
  • Education and awareness: Take this opportunity to learn more about the history, contributions and challenges faced by Native Americans. Share your knowledge and engage in meaningful conversations with others.

We are committed to fostering a campus environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion. Recognizing Native American Heritage Month is one step toward achieving this goal. We encourage you to embrace this opportunity to learn, reflect and celebrate the rich tapestry of Native American heritage.

Let us work together to honor the legacy of the Indigenous Peoples whose land we reside on and let us do so not just in the month of November but throughout the year.

Cecil Chik